Sunday, July 27, 2014

Update from Delhi


Office bearers of the All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association were in Delhi from 23.07.2014 to 25.07.2014 for meeting with senior most  officers of CBEC  and DGHRD on many issues like  Stagnation, Regional Disparity, All India Seniority for Inspectors etc.  The gist of the meetings is as under:-

 

Meeting with Member (P&V)

 

On 23.07.2014, the Office bearers of the All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association met the Member (P&V) and briefed her on Resolutions passed in the  recently held XVIIIth Convention of the Association and apprised her about the problems of stagnation, apprehensions that regional disparities in promotions of Inspectors to Superintendents of Central Excise are not being addressed in the CR.  The Office bearers requested her to ensure that the issue of stagnation & regional disparity must be addressed during implementation of Cadre Restructuring otherwise there will be flood of litigations across the country.  We reiterated the fact that the All India Seniority regime must be brought in to address the regional disparity.  In the course of  the meeting the DGHRD also joined and listened to us carefully and invited us to meet her on 24.07.2014 for detailed discussion on the subject.  During the meeting, the Member (P&V) and the DGHRD repeatedly assured us that residency period will not be decreased for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent during implementation of Cadre Restructuring. 

 

Apart from above, all major issues concerning the cadre were also discussed.  

Meeting with the DGHRD

 

We met the DGHRD on 24.07.2014.  Ms. Renu K. Jagdev, ADG (HRM) and Sh. V. K. Singh, Addl. Director were also present in the meeting.  We submitted our written Resolutions passed during the 18th Convention and had a detailed discussion on Stagnation & Regional Disparity.  We suggested many solutions to the problem and asked them to eradicate the problems before implementation of the CR. We forcefully but with due regard and on the basis of court judgements and several documentary support demanded the All India Seniority regime before implementation of CR. We asked the outcome (minutes) of the meeting held on 19.05.2014 in the chamber of the ADG (HRM) on “Unification of Examiner, Preventive Officer and Inspectors of Central Excise”.  We  expressed  our anguish over the issue of not-providing the minutes despite several reminders.  She told us that the same has not been finalized yet and they will provide us as soon as they will prepare it.

 

We also sought information on the Study Group formed for addressing the  “Acute Stagnation in Group-B Executive grades”. We were accordingly informed of the  reasons for forming the Study Group. It is absolutely clear that this exercise has been undertaken by the CBEC pursuant to  AICEIA taking up the matter with Revenue Secretary, who subsequently directed CBEC to address the problem of stagnation.  Thus, this Study Group is the outcome of the meeting of Office bearers of All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association and the Revenue Secretary held on 25.04.2014 during which he was  apprised of  the Stagnation in the grades of Inspector and Superintendent of Central Excise, Acute inter-cadre and intra-cadre disparities  in Promotions within Gr B executives of the CBEC, and highly unjust plans of CBEC for implementation of Cadre Restructuring ( copy of letter to the Revenue Secretary  uploaded on this  blog on 01.05.2014 may please be referred).  

 

The DGHRD told us that they are waiting for the approval of CR file from the MoS Finance, and no sooner than the same is  cleared, Notifications concerned will be issued.  We strongly reiterated our demand that  the issue of Inspectors’ stagnation and regional disparity must address before or at least in course of implementation of CR. 

 

Matters  related to the amendments required in Recruitment Rules of the Superintendent of Central Excise,  and IRS (C&CEx) were also discussed.

 

Meeting with the Addl. Dir. (I&W)

 

 

The AICEIA has regularly been pursuing the matter of Health Insurance Scheme for CBEC employees and effective doubling of Children’s Education Allowance since more than a  year.  In this connection, we met Ms. Meenu S. Kumar, Addl. Director (I&W) and discussed these issues with her.  The Addl. Director (I&W) was very keen on the Health Insurance Scheme and we discussed all aspects of the proposed scheme.  The proposed Health Insurance Scheme will provide cashless access to Health care facilities to the family of working employees thereby enabling access to healthcare facilities for In-patient department i.e. Hospitalization in over 3000 hospitals/nursing homes across the country with an Annual Check up of the Government Employee once in a year.  Initially the new scheme will be for two years as a pilot project, for providing health insurance cover to every employee of CBEC and his/her family worth    Rs. 2 lakhs for once year at a time from the date of the contract.   She also apprised us that more “Add On” or benefits will also be sought from the company providing the Health Insurance Scheme. The Addl. Director (I&W) told us that due to huge financial burden on welfare fund i.e. approx. Rs. 16.85 Crore per annum, a share of the cost of the insurance must also be borne by employee and the same will cost approx.  Rs. 1500/- per annum, which is a nominal amount for such great benefits. 

 

During the meeting, the difficulties in getting through the proposal floated earlier by DGHRD for  effective doubling of the   amount of Children’s Education Allowance for CBEC employees   was explained by the Addl. Dir. (I&W).   

 

During the meeting we were informed  that soon mobile phones/laptops and mobile connection may be provided to CBEC personnel, since the matter is being actively considered.      

 

 

Meeting with Sh. Prakash Chand, Consultant

 

On 24.07.2014, we met Sh. Prakash Chand, Consultant, and member of the Study Group referred to supra, and apprised him in detail the problems that our cadre is  facing.  We presented  the stagnation and disparities issues and the remedial measures proposed by AICEIA . All issues were discussed threadbare us. He informed  that  that a meeting will be held soon to discuss the matter in detail.  The ADG Nacen, New Delhi has subsequently convened  the said meeting will be held on 31st July, 2014.  

 

 

Apart from the above, we also met several officers at CBEC, DGHRD offices and interacted with the office bearers of other Associations & Confederation as well. 


Yours fraternally,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General

Monday, July 14, 2014

Committees constituted by CBEC


In recent development CBEC has issued two Office Memorandum regarding “Tax Administrative Reform Commission” and “acute stagnation in Group -B Executive grades”. 

TARC has submitted its first report and CBEC has constituted six committees to look into the six areas of the report.   All Circles/Branches of AICEIA and the office bearers of All India Body are requested to go through the first report of the commission available on http://www.finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_revenue/tarc_report.asp.  

Further, CBEC has also constituted a study group to study the acute stagnation in Group “B” Gazetted and Non-Gazetted Executive grades and remedial actions.  The study will be conducted by Sh. Prakash Chand, Consultant in association with Sh. B. B. Agrawal, ADG, NACEN, Delhi and submit their report within two months. 






All Circles/Branches of AICEIA and the Office Bearers of National Body are requested to submit their views by 18.07.2014, on the following email ids:-


Yours fraternally,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General
                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Greetings from the new Committee


Dear Comrades,
The following new set of office bearers was elected in the XVIIIth Convention of the AICEIA held on the 27th & 28th June 2014 in Trivandrum to fight for the causes of Central Excise  Inspectors working across the length and breadth of the country:-
President
Anupam Neeraj, West Bengal
Working President
Arun Kumar A., Kerala
Secretary General
Abhishek Kamal, Patna
Assistant Secretary General
Chokkalingam Manivasagam, Benguluru
Liaison Secretary
Devender Kumar, Delhi
Organizing Secretary
Rajesh Kumar, Mumbai
Vice President (North)
A I Abbasi, Lucknow
Joint Secretary (North)
Ajay Kumar Saini, Delhi
Vice President (West)
R P Singh, Rajkot
Joint Secretary (West)
Thomas Mony, Pune
Vice President (Central)
Praveen Prabhakar, Patna
Joint Secretary (Central)
Aditya Sharma, Nagpur
Vice President (East)
Samarjeet Bandopadhyay, West Bengal
Joint Secretary (East)
Rajashish Dutta, Shillong
Vice President (South)
Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Kerala
Joint Secretary (South)
B S Prasad, Hyderabad

 Treasurer and Office Secretary will be nominated soon.

We would like to thank the previous Committee  for their all round efforts and hard work in bringing this  Association’s agenda  to the  centre stage, and putting across our demands and issues so forcefully that the  CBEC and the Ministry cannot continue to ignore those any longer. The previous Committee’s efforts have also immensely strengthened the Association, and the robust and united body it is today is the legacy we have inherited from our predecessors.
It is indeed a great challenge, opportunity and pleasure to serve you all in fighting for the issues of the Inspectors and to bring the best career prospects and healthy working environment.  For this, we need continuity in active involvement of every Inspector in the Association’s activities, a regular and meaningful two-way communication from the All India office bearers right to the grassroots level formations, enhancing the legal, intellectual and financial resources and mobilization of all members throughout country. So Comrades, if the largest working force of the CBEC will achieve their rights, remember it is the country too that will achieve wonders and a position of pride.

Dear Comrades, be prepared for performing all present tasks which are already in our hand, and also be ready to meet  the ensuing challenges.  Always remember:-

Challenges are meant to be met and overcome.

LONG LIVE UNITY, LONG LIVE AICEIA

Yours fraternally,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General

Friday, June 27, 2014

Long Live AICEIA


Dear Comrades,

I write today to announce the election of a new Central Committee at the ongoing  XVIIIth Convention of the AICEIA  at Trivandrum.  

Com. Anupam Neeraj of Kolkata will be the new President  and Com. Abhishek Kamal of Patna  the new Secretary General of our Association.

I and my colleagues of the outgoing Committee thank each one of you from the bottom of our hearts for the co-operation extended to us because of which we could discharge all  the responsibilities assigned to us by you.  

We have the satisfaction of handing over charge to a very competent and dedicated  band of young men, who, I'm sure will keep the flag of  this Association flying high.

Wish the very best to the new  Committee for all their endeavours.

Goodbye and a big thank you for everything.

Yours 

A.Satish
President    


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Farewell, Comrades


It's time now for a new Central Committee to take charge of the AICEIA. The XVIIIth Convention beginning tomorrow in Trivandrum will elect a new Committee, as  the present one steps down with six months of its tenure still remaining, an important reason for this being to foster  transition to a more youthful and even more representative leadership. I trust delegates to the Convention will exercise their franchise astutely, with foresight  and  show good judgment.

For this Committee, it has been a great privilege to champion the cadre's causes since December 2012 when we were elected at the Patna Convention.

We have the satisfaction of having achieved in large measure the objectives we had set for ourselves then, and having fulfilled the  promise made  to our fraternity. It is the result of the relentless efforts of this Association that the CBEC in its meeting on 09.04.2014 approved the proposal put forth by the DGHRD that there should be an All India Seniority for Inspectors of Central Excise. Though the modalities of the same as envisaged by the Board are not to our satisfaction, fact remains that it is a historic breakthrough. We have to continue to employ all our means to ensure that All India Seniority must be ensured for all Inspectors recruited  on the basis of an All India Merit List. Over the past year and a half this Committee has left no stone unturned to eliminate the shameful  disparities that exist among different Zones in promotions of C.Ex. Inspectors to Superintendents. This issue has dominated our agenda throughout our tenure. There is hardly a door which we haven't knocked in pursuit of solutions to this chronic and extremely vexing problem. From M(P&V) to DG HRD, successive Chairpersons of the CBEC and Revenue Secretaries, and also Union Ministers, we have met them all and presented the issue and proposed just and workable solutions. It remains to be seen how fruitful our efforts have been  when the Cadre Restrucuring in CBEC gets rolled out.

There have been disappointments too. Lack of  discipline shown by some regional units in approaching and meeting  the Board/DGHRD officials directly and communicating demands divergent from the ones reflected in resolutions of the AICEIA CEC meetings and Conventions have done great damage to the Association's overall credibility and severely eroded the influence it had mustered through protracted and  massive efforts. Also we need to be far more responsible in fulfilling our responsibilities and obligations towards the organisation - enhancing membership, collectiion and forwarding of DDO Certificates, timely collection of membership subscriptions,  payment of dues regularly to the national body, holding of meetings and elections as mandated in our bye-laws, and the like - much is left to be desired on all these counts in several Circles/ Branches/Units.          

Another area where we failed miserably was in forging an alliance with the present  leadership of the Association of Central Excise Superintendents. For reasons best known to them they have been, overtly and covertly, trying to thwart all our efforts to remove regional disparities in promotions within our cadre, and have also been viciously opposing our demand for All India seniority for Inspectors.

The coming days, hopefully, will see  some significant improvement in these two aspects of the organisation's functioning.

We wish all success to the Committee that will take over from the present one the charge of running the AICEIA from here on. We also assure them of all support and assistance, should they require it of us.

Serving the cadre has been a privilege for each one of us on this Committee, and an experience that  each one of us shall cherish and treasure for the rest of our lives. It has been a magnificient team effort, with each one contributing his best. Truly outstanding have been the contributions made to the organisation's causes by two individuals - our beloved President Com A. Satish  and Com. Ashish Biswas, Treasurer of the AICEIA, both of whom despite personal inconveniences,  devoted  time and energy in immense measure and toiled tirelessly  to take the Association forward - the organisation, and I, personally, are hugely indebted to them.

We also received very valuable guidance and advice from several past office bearers of the AICEIA. We are extremely grateful for this, especially to Shri Tirthankar Pyne, Shri R Manimohan, Shri Arun Zachariah, Shri K P Manoj and Shri Kousik Roy.  

I thank every single Central Excise Inspector in the country, all the National and Regional office bearers of the AICEIA, and sister organisations in the CBEC for their unstinted support and all the love they showered on me. I have been truly fortunate in having been able to travel to many parts of the country and interact with thousands of our members.  

As we bid adieu , it would only be appropriate that we share here the link to the recording of the brilliant and enlightening Inaugural Lecture in the AICEIA Annual Lecture Series on Participatory Governance delivered at Nagpur on the 25th of January 2014 by  our erstwhile President and Secretary General, Shri R Manimohan, who is a Superintendent now - a rare talent in the Department, and truly an embodiment of  the trinity of virtues of goodness, wisdom and courage. This lecture, I'm sure, will be an inspiration and source of enlightenement to all those interested in organisational matters, especially the young men and women among today's Inspectors, as well as many many others, to be listened to carefully, understood , imbibed and put into practice. I also hope that the AICEIA shall in the years to come continue with this Series which we have only initiated. 

Lecture Part I

Lecture Part II

Lecture Part III


Farewell, dear Comrades. It has been a wonderful journey together.
Long Live AICEIA !

Forever yours fraternally,

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General

  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recent Communications, Update on OA in CAT Mumbai Bench



Dear Comrades,

Scanned copies of two communications made recently are placed below








Uncertainty continues on when and in what manner CR will be implemented in the CBEC.


Hearing in the OA in CAT Mumbai filed on behalf of AICEIA seeking notional fixation of higher pay wef 01.01.1996 was scheduled for 18.06.2014. Com. Sanjay Srinivasan, Vice President (West) who is co-ordinating the case has informed that
 "OA No. 323/2012 in CAT Mumbai, Date of next hearing is 08/08/2014.
The Income tax case is also being followed. The date of next hearing in the WP No. 9649/2012 in Mumbai High Court is 08/07/2014.
Further progress shall be informed in due course."


Yours fraternally,

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General

Friday, June 20, 2014

Welcome to the XVIIIth Convention of the AICEIA



Dear Comrades,

Eagerly waiting to see you all at the Convention to be held in Trivandrum on the 27th and 28th of this month.
In spite of repeated reminders by the SG, some units have not complied so far with the procedural requirements for effective participation in the Convention. I would once again request all the Circles/Branches to immediately send the required data in the proper format, the DDO Certificates and clear all the subscription dues to ensure the conduct of the Convention and the Election of the new Committee process in a smooth manner.

Moreover, in order to avoid repetitions and in order to have a healthy discussion on vital topics, all Circles are requested to submit a write up of their resolutions well in advance. A very important issue to be decided by the Convention is the Memorandum to be submitted by AICEIA to the 7th CPC. We will exactly have 30 days to submit the Memorandum after the Convention since 30.7.2014 is the last date for such submission. The work in this regard should start seriously from Trivandrum itself.Branches/Circles are requested to take up this issue at their Branch/Circle level and submit a write up to the Convention giving their respective recommendations/ suggestions.We also hope to have some experienced speakers who have served AICEIA in the past sharing their experiences, throwing light on important issues and interacting with us on the morning of 28.06.14.

May I also take this opportunity to inform that the AICEIA has very effectively taken up the issue of regional diparities in promotions of Inspectors of Central Excise with the new Ministry at the Centre .

Placed below is the Invitation from the host Unit, Kerala Circle, for the XVIIIth Convention, which will begin at 10.00 AM on 27.06.2014

Hope to have a Grand Convention.

A.Satish
President








ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION, KERALA CIRCLE
C.R. BUILDINGS I.S.PRESS ROAD: COCHIN 18
[Recognized vide Ministry of Finance F. No.B.12017/1/2004-Ad IV A dated 27-5-2013]

President: D.Satheesan                                                Gen. Secretary: Varghese John


Dt: 19.06.2014

Friends,

The ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION, KERALA CIRCLE extends a warm welcome to all the delegates attending the National Convention to be held on 27th and 28th of June 2014 at Trivandrum. The details of the venue are as below:

HYCINTH by Sparsa,
Manorama Road,
Thampanoor,
Trivandrum 695001.

Ph No : 0471 255 2999
Fax : 0471 233 4343

(Other Contact Nos Mobile : 9400000731 (Bala Krishnan , General Manager),

9400 000 744 (Animon Chacko).

We are happy and feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to host the National Convention. Hope this convention will provide a better platform to discuss all issues affecting our cadre including that of the ongoing Cadre Restructuring, proposals with regard to All India Seniority etc. Let all of us strive to find out the best possible solutions for all our concerns with a focused mind and mite. On behalf of the Kerala circle I once again wish all the delegates a meaningful convention.

As you all know, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is the State Capital of Kerala- ‘The God’s Own Country’. It is also a good tourist attraction place with its scenic beauty, beaches, museum, zoo, Sri Padmanabha swamy temple etc. Moreover, being the rainy season, Monsoon tourism is also in the swing. Needless to say, we found it difficult to locate a decent convention venue with accommodation facilities for all the delegates. Hence the expected expenses of the convention is bit high. In view of this it has been decided to fix the delegate fee as Rs 1500/- per day per delegate (Rs.3000/- in total).

The organizing committee has arranged accommodation from the evening of 26.06.2014 to the evening of 28.06. 2014. Food package starts with the dinner on 26.06.14 and ends with evening tea on 28.06.2014. Anyone desirous of staying beyond this may extend their stay (before or after) at a specially discounted rate of Rs. 3500/- per day on twin sharing basis. (Hotels with lesser tariff will also be available around the venue). Rainy season could be at its peak during the period and hence those who wish to plan for an outing, please come prepared.

The participating delegates are requested to contact the accommodation conveners for any assistance.

1. Shri Prabodh Mobile No:9995361697

2. Shri Stalin Mobile No:9446503056

In case of any difficulty the delegates can also contact me, i.e. Varghese John, General Secretary of the Kerala Circle ( Mobile No 09446361793) or Com. D Satheesan (Mob No. 09846032943), President of the Circle.

Once again we whole heartedly welcome all the delegates for the Annual National Convention of our Association at Trivandrum and also expect your full co operation for the success of the same.

Thanking you,

Comradely yours,

VARGHESE JOHN
Gen Secretary, Kerala Circle.